Dr. K. Pradheep

Principal Scientist
Economic Botany
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Salient Achievements:
  • Collected 2,652 germplasm accessions of various agri-horticultural crops in 37 exploration trips (involving 376 field-trip days; 31 as Team Leader) from 22 states including Line-of-Control/International border areas in Jammu & Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Manipur and Nagaland. Majority of the collections belongs to vegetables, temperate fruits and crop wild relatives.  More than 40 wild species have been collected for the Bureau for the first time.
  • As a joint effort, developed and released two varieties (‘Shimla B-1’ tartary buckwheat and ‘Him Bathua’ Chenopod and registered four accessions viz. IC258253 of chenopod (for brown seed colour), IC258233 of tartary buckwheat (for easy dehulling), IC415397 of meetha karela (for  large tubercle-free fruit) and IC279125 of pea (for large seed size).
  • Prepared, identified and submitted about 1600 herbarium specimens representing variability in cultivated plants, wild relatives and minor economic plants to National Herbarium of Cultivated Plants (NHCP), NBPGR after necessary authentication through type images in online herbaria, which included more than 270 taxa not earlier represented. Also authenticated 350 herbarium specimens belonging to fruit crops at NHCP.
  • Described a new species having (leafy) vegetable value Herpetospermum operculatum K.Pradheep et al., from Northeast India, Myanmar and South China.
  • Systematic studies on Trichosanthes cucumerina complex in India resulted in the recognition of 4 taxa (subsp. cucumerina, its cultivar ‘Anguina’, subsp. sublobata, subsp. villosula), thereby helpful in identifying close relatives of snake gourd.
  • Updated the knowledge hence status of related species of about 2,000 cultivated plants of India (belonging to 1,258 genera) in general and native wild relatives in particular, on scientific grounds and revealed their worthiness in crop improvement.
  • Harbhajan Singh Memorial Award (2008-10) by Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi.
  • RS Paroda Young Scientist Award (2015) by Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi
  • Acted as a reviewer for for Indian Journal of Plant Genetic Resources, Rheedea and Arid Land Research and Management.
Recent Publications Research Papers
1.  Pradheep K, Singh M, Sultan SM, Singh K, Parimalan R, SP Ahlawat (2019). Diversity in wild relatives of wheat: an expedition collection from cold-arid Indian Himalayas.Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution66275-285
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Last Updated : 25/11/2021